Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rebecca Brückmann

Ruhr-University Bochum
Faculty of History
History of North America and Its Transcultural Context
Universitätsstrasse 150
44801 Bochum

Phone: +49-234-32-24647
Office: GA 6/59
Jun.-Prof. Dr. Rebecca Brückmann Foto: RUB


Ph.D. Graduate School of North American Studies, Freie Universität Berlin (Free University Berlin), 2014
Magistra Artium Departments of History, Sociology, and Political Science, (B.A. and M.A.) Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (Humboldt-University Berlin) and the University of Leicester (United Kingdom), 2010
Professional Experience
Since 2018 Assistant Professor (W1 Professorship)
History of North America and Its Transcultural Context
Faculty of History
Ruhr-University Bochum
2017-2018 Lecturer
Department of British and North American History, University Kassel
2016-2017 Lecturer
Department of North American History, University of Cologne
2015-2016 Lecturer
History Department, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies
Free University Berlin
2014-2015 Postdoctoral Fellow, Free University Berlin

Publications (Selected)

2021 Massive Resistance and Southern Womanhood: White Women, Class, and Segregation. Athens: University of Georgia Press, 2021
Peer Reviewed Journal Articles
2019 “Citizens’ Councils, Conservatism and White Supremacy in Louisiana, 1964-1972.” European Journal of American Studies 14, no.1, special issue “Race Matters: 1968 as a Living Legacy in the Black Freedom Movement”: 1-24
2016 “’Work Mostly Done By Men’: Cornelia Dabney Tucker and Female Grassroots Activism in Massive Resistance in Charleston, 1950-1963.” The South Carolina Historical Magazine Vol. 117, No. 2: 96-120
2021 "Racism". In Handbook Liberalism. Edited by Michael G. Festl, 573-580. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler.
2018 “O Brother, Where Art Thou?” and “Precious.” In The Encyclopedia of Racism in American Films. Edited by Salvador J. Murguia. 433-437 and 468-472. Lanham: Rowman & Littlefield
2012 “Performing Southern Female Whiteness: Women’s Groups in Massive Resistance.” In On Whiteness. eds. Nicky Falkof and Oliver Cash-Brown. 79–89. Oxford: Inter-Disciplinary Press
Conference Proceedings
2013 “’I have been here from the start, and I am staying to the finish’: Women in Massive Resistance.” University of California (UCLA), Center for Women's Studies http://escholarship.org/uc/item/3k43380s
Online Articles
2016 “From Holly Springs to #BlackLivesMatter: Female Black civil rights activists in the United States.” Feminist Studies (Feministische Studien, Blog) http://blog.feministische-studien.de/2016/04/von-holly-springs-zu-blacklivesmatter-frauen-in-der-schwarzen-buerger_innenrechtsbewegung/
2015 “Robert Lewis Dear and the history of abortion opposition in the United States.“ Feminist Studies (Feministische Studien, Blog) http://blog.feministische-studien.de/2015/12/keine-babykoerperteile-mehr-robert-lewis-dear-und-abtreibungsgegner_innen-in-den-usa/


2019 British Association for American Studies, Targeted Research Panel Fellowship
2017 German Academic Exchange Service, scholarship to give a paper at the Southern Historical Association’s annual meeting in Dallas, Texas
2017 German Historical Institute, 3-months research fellowship
2016 Fulbright Commission, American Studies Institute fellowship
2010 Ph.D. Scholarship, German Research Council (4 years)
2010 Ph.D. Scholarship, Arts and Humanities Research Council (declined)
2009 Research Fellowship, German National Academic Foundation

Invited Talks (Selected)

February 14, 2019 “’Black Pink Wave,’ Rosa Parks, and #BlackLivesMatter,” Deutsch-Amerikanisches Zentrum/James-F-Byrnes-Institute, Stuttgart
December 04, 2018 “White Women and White Supremacy in the 20th Century United States,” Lecture Series “Racism and Xenophobia in U.S. History,” University of Cologne
November 24, 2018 “Are We Gon‘ Be Alright? Civil Rights Legacies and Current Challenges,” Workshop for high school students: “Reinventing the American Dream? Young Americans in Times of Change,” Atlantic Academy, Wiesbaden Germany
November 19, 2018 “White Supremacy and Southern Belles: Women in Massive Resistance,” 10th German-Israeli Frontiers of Humanities Symposium, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation, Berlin
November 10, 2018 “Slavery, Racialization, and Black Resistance in the United States, 1619-1865.” Fridtjof-Nansen-Academy for Civic Education, Ingelheim
May 25-26, 2018 “’Fine people on both sides?’ The ‘Southern heritage’ debate,” and “Not just Charlottesville: hate speech, hate crimes, and right-wing violence.”Workshop “The Alt-Right,” Fridtjof-Nansen-Academy for Civic Education, Ingelheim
November 30, 2017 Panel discussion: “Black Germany, 1880- 1945,” University of Cologne
February 10, 2017 “Massive Resistance in South Carolina.” International conference “Cultures of US-American Conservatism,” University of Göttingen
January 18, 2017 “The Civil Rights Movement and its Legacy: The Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Lecture.” American Space Leipzig, a cooperation between the Universität Leipzig (University of Leipzig) and the United States General Consulate Leipzig
December 19, 2016 “Southern Belles and White Supremacy: The Desegregation Crisis in Little Rock and the Mothers’ League of Central High School.” Seminar “Race and Racism in American History,” University of Kassel
June 08, 2015 “Segregation’s Southern Belles.” International symposium “The Resilience of White Supremacy and Privilege,” Eberhard-Karls-University Tübingen


2019 “Empires and Belonging: Mixed Race People(s) and Racial Codifications in North American Borderlands." The British Association of American Studies, annual meeting University of Sussex, Brighton, April 26.
2017 “’Intelligent Opposition to Forced Race Mixing’: Cornelia Dabney Tucker, Massive Resistance, and (New) Conservatism in South Carolina. The Southern Historical Association, Dallas, TX, November 9-12
2017 “‘The Cheerleaders’ and New Orleans’s Desegregation Crisis.” Louisiana Historical Association, Shreveport, LA, March 16-18
2014 “Massive Resistance Revisited: New Interpretations of the Segregationist Counter-Movement.“ British Association of American Studies, Birmingham, United Kingdom, April 10-13
2013 “Women activists in Massive Resistance.” The University of California (UCLA), Center for the Study of Women, “Thinking Gender,” Los Angeles, CA, February 1
2013 “Proto-feminist Groups in Massive Resistance?” American Historical Association, New Orleans, LA, January 3-6
2012 “’It is time for the Mothers to Take Over’: Women’s Roles in Massive Resistance.” Louisiana State University, History Graduate Conference, Baton Rouge, LA, March 23-24
2012 “’For Our American Form of Government’: South Carolinian Women in Massive Resistance.” South Carolina Historical Association, Columbia, SC, March 10
2011 “Pointing Fingers: German Reactions to the Central High School Desegregation Crisis in Little Rock, Arkansas, 1957.” Black German Cultural Society, German Historical Institute, Washington, D.C., August 19-21

Teaching Experience

Ruhr-University Bochum, Faculty of History, Department of History
Summer 2019
  • Lecture: North America and Its Transcultural Context, 2,000 B.C.E. – 2,000 C.E.
  • Seminar: „Fine People On Both Sides?" The history of White Supremacy in the U.S.
Winter 2018/19
  • Seminar: The Black Righty Movement in the U.S.
  • Seminar: „La Frontera: Borderlands, Migration, and Racialization“
University Kassel, Department of British and North American History
Summer 2018
  • The Black Freedom Struggle
  • Race and Ethnicity in US History
  • La Frontera: Borderlands in North American History
Winter 2017/18
  • Race and Empire: British Colonialism in the 19th and 20th Centuries
  • Pirates, Madams, Voodoo Queens: A Gender History of New Orleans
  • Introduction to British and North American History
University Cologne, Department of North American History
Summer 2017
  • The Black Liberation Movement
Winter 2016/17
  • The Wild West, Manifest Destiny and ‘Americanism’: A Topical Introduction to US History
Summer 2016
  • From Blackface to Blaxploitation: African American History and/on Film
  • Pirates, Madams, Voodoo Queens: A Gender History of New Orleans
Free University Berlin, John-F.-Kennedy-Institute for North American Studies, History Department
Winter 2016
  • Frontier Childhoods: Coming of Age in the 19th Century (Mid-)West and Canada
Summer 2015
  • Ethnicity, Race, and Racism in US History
Summer 2014
  • Can We Do It? The 20th Century Women’s Movement in the US
Summer 2013
  • The African American Civil Rights Movement

Research Experience

2018 Archival research at the Amistad Research Center (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA) and the Northwest Louisiana Archives (Louisiana State University Shreveport, LA)
2017 Archival research stays at the National Archives (Washington, D.C.), the Center of Southwest Research (University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM), the State Records Center and Archives (Santa Fe, NM), the Fray Angelico Chavez Library (Santa Fe), the Amistad Research Center (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA), the Williams Research Center (Historic New Orleans Collection, New Orleans), and the Louisiana State Archives (Baton Rouge, LA)
2013 Archival research at the Amistad Research Center (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA)
2012 Archival research stays at Tulane University, the University of New Orleans (LA), the New and Orleans Public Library, the Louisiana State Archives (Baton Rouge), the Louisiana State University January 2013 (Baton Rouge), the Louisiana State University (Shreveport), and Arkansas Research Center and Arkansas Studies Institute (Little Rock)
2011 Archival research stays at to the Library of Congress (Washington, D.C.), the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill), Winthrop University (Rock Hill, SC), the University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC), the College of Charleston, Clemson University (SC), the South Carolina State University (Orangeburg), and the South Carolina Department of Archives and History (Columbia, SC)

Other Professional Experience

2017 Archival research at the Amistad Research Center (Tulane University, New Orleans, LA) and the Northwest Louisiana Archives (Louisiana State University Shreveport, LA)
2017 Organization of the “Black History Week,” a series of events for Black History Month, including a historiographical exhibition, a reading, an interdisciplinary round table and a film screening and debate. Department of North American History, University of Cologne
2017 Member of the interdisciplinary research group “The Contemporary Black Diaspora: Traveling Cultures in the New Black Atlantic,” initiated by Martin Lüthe (Free University Berlin) and Robert Reid-Pharr (The City University of New York)
2014‑2018 “Convergence classes” with Prof. Dr. Heidi Renee Lewis and students of the Feminist and Gender Studies program of Colorado College, CO, in Berlin and Kassel
2011 Co-organization of the international conference “American Bodies: Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Modes of Power”. Graduate School of North American Studies, Free University Berlin